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LIBERIAN PRESIDENT, MRS. ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF ARRIVES IMO THURSDAY FOR A 2-DAY VISIT

President of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will on Thursday, November 9, 2017 arrive Owerri Imo State Capital for a 2-Day visit.

The Liberian President is principally coming to meet with students of the Rochas Foundation College of Africa and the Students from Liberia in particular whose parents died of Ebola and she will also be expected to key into Vision 2030 of ROCHAS FOUNDATION COLLEGE, targetted at taking one million children of Africa out of the street and giving them education.

The Rochas Foundation College of Africa is, aside offering free education to children from the Countries of Africa, it’s also aimed at promoting Unity among Africans and African nations.

On arrival on Thursday, Mrs. Sirleaf would be taken to the Palace of Eze Imo to be accorded the African way of receiving an august visitor like her and the Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM Eze Samuel Ohiri will be expected to decorate her with a Chieftaincy title, taking into account that she took over the leadership of Liberia soon after a bloody Civil War and she has been able to sustain the peace of that Country for ten years now.

The following day being Friday, November 10, 2017, Mrs. Sirleaf will then be at the Rochas Foundation College of Africa where she will meet with the Students and also specifically interact with the Liberian Students. And all these will help to instill confidence in the students and brandish a juicy future for them.

After her outing to the College, the Liberian President will deliver a lecture to Imo women at Imo International Convention Centre (IICC) and the topic will be “Women in Politics”, and the lecture is structured to encourage women in the State to develop interest in leadership, especially when it is recalled that Mrs. Sirleaf is the first female President in Africa.

Finally, she will be appreciated with Imo Merit Award and a road will also be named after her. And with all the feats she has achieved, she earns a Place in the Imo Hall of fame.

President of Ghana, Mr. Nana AdoAkufo and his South African Counterpart, President Jacob Zuma had earlier visited the State for the same purpose and were also honoured. Ambassadors of Nations had also come.

The governor, the good people of the State and the Rescue Mission Government of the State wish Mrs. Sirleaf a hitch-free trip.

Sam Onwuemeodo
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

Food Security: Ololo flags off ‘Back To Land’ Programme, soon

…Says Imo communities will benefit largely from FG
Imo State Chairman of Food Security and Deputy Chief of Staff, Domestics, Hon. Mrs Ogechi Ololo has assured of her readiness to engage indigenes of various autonomous communities in agriculture.
This is even as she disclosed that she would flag off a programme termed ‘Back To Land’ to enable her realize her set goals. 
Ololo was speaking yesterday in her office during an interaction with the Programme Manager of Agricultural Development Programme, ADP, Pastor A.E Jonathan and some officials from Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing System in Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) led by Mrs. Nkechi Osuji – Head, Project Monitoring and Remediation.
Ololo stressed on the huge profits in agriculture and prayed for maximum cooperation from Imo citizens when she begins a tour of their various communities.
According to the Chairman, all that is needed is for each community to donate atleast 10 hectares of their land for the project and the federal government through her effort, would come to clear and prepare the land for the next farming season. “Seedlings, fertilizers will be provided for the farmers free of charge and family members will be part of the management team to douse any doubts about fraud”, she added.
Ololo said, a Food Security Office is already underway, as such would make it easy for any interested community to schedule a meeting before the programme commences in that community.
The Chairman also harped on the need to create farmers market for easy off-taking of farm produce and price control. She gave an instance where those that produce cat fish, find it difficult to sell because there is no central market for that. She assured of her eagerness to addressing the situation by creating as much farmers market as she could.
In her brief remark, Mrs Nkechi Osuji of NIRSAL said, “Thank God we have you. You are a very focus person, you are very accommodating and you have listening ears. With you and God on our side, we will achieve all these.”

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